Add a frosty effect on the eyes in Photoshop

Winter is coming, so it’s time to open our arsenal of winter-related lessons you can do during this period!

In this tutorial, I will show you how to give a frosty effect to a regular eye image using simple drawing techniques and layer styles. So let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Open the original image with an eye in Photoshop. Using tool Cropping (Crop Tool (C)), remove the bottom of the image with the eye, because we only need to focus on the eye.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) to reduce the saturation of the skin color. Let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Hue / Saturation (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue / Saturation).

Next, add an adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance) to give the skin a pale effect (we have the same winter, right?)

Step 4

Add adjustment layer Curves (Curves) to darken the image a little. Switch to the adjustment layer mask Curves (Curves) and using a soft black brush, hide the correction in the middle part of the image, leaving the correction visible only at the edges.

Step 5

Create a new layer, change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), opacity (opacity) layer 100%, and also put a tick in the box Fill gray 50% (fill with 50% gray):

Choose a tool Clarifier / Dimmer (Dodge and Burn Tool (O)), in the settings of this tool set Range (Range) on Mid tones (Midtones), Exposure (Exposure) by about 20-25% to darken the area around the eye and add brightness to the iris. You can see my brush result in the mode. Normal (Normal) and the final result under mode Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 6

It’s time to add a little makeup. Create a new layer and using a soft brush, brush color # 3f7895, paint over your eyes. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (opacity) layer 100%, and then using a layer mask to hide the effect on unwanted areas, in particular, in the area of ​​the eyeball.

Step 7

Create a new layer, change the brush color to # 3a5575. Paint over the iris without touching the pupil. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay), 100% layer opacity:

Step 8

We come to the most interesting part of the lesson. Create a new layer on top of all other layers. Change the brush color to # f0edf1, press the key (F5) to change the settings of this brush:

Paint the snow over your eyelashes to create a frosty effect. In this case, it is best to use the tablet to add a realistic result. There is no need to cover all eyelashes with snow, because it will look unrealistic.

Step 9

Create a new layer, use the same brush, the only thing is to increase the brush size. Draw particles of snow, as well as ice, frozen on the upper eyelashes and eyebrows. Vary brush settings Pen pressure (pen pressure) while working with a brush so that snow particles do not look the same.

Step 10

Create a new layer, use the same brush. Randomly draw small pieces of snow near the corner of the eye.

Step 11

The snow effect looks flat, so double click on this layer to apply layer styles. Select the angle of the light source that would suit the lighting in your image. The light in the image comes from the top right, so I set the angle to 59:

The result should be as in the screenshot below.

Step 12

Next, add a layer mask to this layer and use a soft brush to loosen the effect so that it looks more tender:

Step 13

To add light highlights to the frozen particles of snow, use a soft brush of very small size (about 2-3 px). Paint over the snow particles according to the location of the light source. Change the blending mode for the layer with highlights to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), opacity (opacity) layer 100%.

And that is all! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Good luck, do not hesitate to lay out their work! See you again!

The final result:

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